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TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – July’s Plant Highlight of the Month

Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’ is my chosen plant for July The common name for Callicarpa is beautyberry.  Many of you may only know this plant by its common name.  This common name is very fitting for this beautiful plant.  I chose this plant because it is now in bloom and forming its berries.  We have one planted…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – The Colors of Summer

TIME FOR THE TOUGH SUMMER BLOOMING PERENNIALS TO BE STARS IN THE GARDEN. Whether you like the colors of orange, red, yellow, blue, white, purple or just a rainbow of colors you can get it with beautiful blooming perennials this time of year. We are smack dab in the middle of summer.  We are challenged…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – World Snake Day

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

July 16th is World Snake Day.  I can already hear some people go “Oh, Gross!”  I used to be one of them, but as a devout gardener, I’ve developed a healthy respect for them.  Still, every summer, I get a lot of questions about how to kill or otherwise get rid of snakes. So maybe…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – Gardening Safely in the Heat

AVOIDING HEAT STRESS INJURIES IN JULY The dog days of summer have arrived.  As gardeners, we need to spend time outside tending to our landscape needs.  But, this past week was brutally hot and humid.  Thank goodness for this past weekend with us having much-needed rainfall and lower temperatures but more heat is on the…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Some Interesting Facts About Blueberries

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

July is National Blueberry Month.  Nice to have a whole month dedicated to one of my favorite things. So here are a few interesting tidbits about these delicious berries.  Blueberries belong to the family Ericales.  This makes them related to cranberries, Brazil nuts, persimmons, camellias, azaleas, and rhododendron! They are native to North American where…


HERE ARE SOME GARDEN CHORES TO DO IN JULY Before I get into the list of garden chores for July, here we are in the first few days of July and I want to talk about being too wet.  Go figure.  In the past, I would be writing and talking to customers about being water-wise…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Repelling Mosquitoes

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’m getting so many people these days looking for plants that repel mosquitoes, that I thought it was time to repeat this blog. Swirling cloaks, spooky music, and a voice with a Hungarian accent saying “Good E-e-e-vening.” Or incredibly annoying little insects buzzing around your face and feasting on every square inch of exposed flesh….

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